President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Tuesday special congressional election in Georgia that is being watched around the country, as Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff seeks to win the seat against eleven Republican candidates in a district that Trump narrowly carried in 2016.
Taking to Twitter, the president suggested that any of the Republican candidates running for the seat would be more qualified to take it than Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide.
“Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress,” Trump wrote Tuesday. “VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes. Say NO.”
“Republicans must get out today and VOTE in Georgia 6. Force runoff and easy win! Dem Ossoff will raise your taxes-very bad on crime & 2nd A,” he continued in a separate tweet.
Trump echoed the message in a robocall on Monday, telling Georgia voters: “Liberal Democrats from outside Georgia are spending millions and millions of dollars trying to take your Republican congressional seat away from you. Don’t let them do it.”
As per the rules of the special election, any candidate who obtains 50 percent or more of the vote will win the seat outright. If no candidate manages to cinch the victory, then a runoff between the top two candidates will take place in June.
Polls show Ossoff, the Democratic favorite, leading his nearest GOP competitors by over 20 percentage points. Pundits consider Tuesday to be his best chance of nabbing the seat, as a runoff election would likely see the fractured GOP voting bloc coalesce on the sole Republican candidate once the field is narrowed.